Ross County defender Chris Robertson says the Staggies still have it all to prove in the countdown to today’s Premiership trip to Partick Thistle.
The Dingwall outfit snapped a poor sequence of five losses in six league games last weekend with a 3-1 victory against Hamilton Accies.
The poor form followed a fine start to the campaign by Jim McIntyre’s players, who sat fourth after 11 games with a haul of 18 points.
Although County did not drop out of the top six during their downturn, Robertson reckons his side will not get away with another slump, and has urged the Highlanders to pick up from where they left off when they face the Jags this afternoon.
Robertson said: “It’s a positive that during the bad form we showed at one point, thankfully other results went for us.
“It was probably a little kick up the backside to keep us going. Because of how well we started the season, people were obviously going to be talking about Ross County, and that we have a good squad and all this.
“Talk is cheap, as people say, but it’s probably our own fault because of how we started the season and where we are in the league.
“People are thinking if they beat us it’s a scalp these days.
“It just shows how far the club has come. Hopefully, we can carry on pushing up the league.
“It doesn’t matter how well we’re doing now or how well we started the season. At the end of the day it’s where we finish.
“It’ll be a tough run-in, and everyone wants to finish in that top six. This time of year is important as it’s a busy time with lots of games.”
After being left on the bench for three matches, Robertson was restored to the side for last weekend’s victory at New Douglas Park, with the former Port Vale defender partnering captain Andrew Davies at the heart of the Staggies’ defence.
Robertson is glad his patience paid off and the 30-year-old added: “Like we’ve seen this season, people get dropped and people come in. There’s a little rotation but that’s not a problem. We’ve just got to deal with it, be a man about it and crack on.
“I was disappointed not to feature as, from my point of view, I hadn’t done anything wrong. If the manager wants to change it, though, that’s fine.
“It’s just about keeping the head. I’ve been in football long enough to know if I keep going I’ll get back in the team at some point.
“If I showed the other reaction of sulking and crying like a baby, I probably wasn’t going to be back in the team quick enough.
“There are two ways to handle it and I’ve shown the way I’ve done it.”